“Your children will become who you are; so be who you want them to be”
I saw this quote recently and it really struck a chord with me, being a new/first time mom and all. We all want our children to succeed, and it’s easy to simply go with the old “do as I say, not as I do” mentality, but if you really think about how children at a young age learn, it’s the wrong answer. Children learn through observation and experience. They learn from what we do, not what we say.
I have myself learned this quickly with my son. He is almost like a parrot, copying his father and me. He mimics things days later. Things that we didn’t even realize he was paying attention to at the time, which has really made us take a moment and think about what we do around him. We want to ensure we are displaying the behavior we want him to follow.
This idea, of teaching by showing, got me thinking about how to get him active and excited about it. So, I decided to start having him be involved as much as possible when I work-out. I even started to create some joint work-outs, and now he runs over wanting to join in whenever he sees me working out.
Below is one of the workouts, we like to do together. It is quick body/baby weight full body workouts that I do with my son which benefits us both! By the end I’m dying and he is ready to go again!
Although this is geared towards those with smaller kids/babies, I also have completed other workouts like it with my two nieces (3yrs and 6yrs), and they find it fun as well.
Exercise 1: Squats – I use my son, Brady, as added weight by holding him in a seated position facing away from me against my chest.
Exercise 2: Russian Twists – I hold Brady under the arms facing me and have his feet touch the ground on either side of me as I twist.
Exercise 3: Push-ups – Either Brady wants to climb on top of me while I do these, or he will join alongside and do his own “baby push- ups”!
Exercise 4: Glute Bridges – Brady LOVES to straddle my lap while I do these and always pushes me to do more as he bounces away the minute I stop. Haha! #fitnesscoachintraining
Exercise 5: Front Shoulder Raises – As you might have guessed I use Brady as a dumbbell! He enjoys going up and down.
I have seen things like this all over social media, and I think it is a great way to spend time together. It is also is a good motivator for new moms to get in quick workouts while they have a youngster around. As my own mother did with me, I want to introduce exercise in a fun way so as Brady grows up he doesn’t see working out as a chore but something enjoyable. I personally believe the structure and release that exercise gives us as adults can also be very helpful for kids as they are learning about their own feelings and emotions. Start‘em young and they will blossom on their own.